Acts 26:28-29 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
What a powerful petition from the Apostle Paul to King Agrippa as Paul laid out his life before the authorities of the day. Paul reasoned with King Agrippa that he in fact was of sound mind even though King Agrippa accused Paul of going insane. However, the kicker came when King Agrippa asked Paul “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
With all the splendor, power and authority King Agrippa clothed himself in, Paul was not impressed. He knew King Agrippa needed what he has except for the chains of course. The chains represented bondage, restriction, captivity and void of freedom. Paul wanted to convey to King Agrippa that freedom for him as well as all within the sound of his voice was available through belief in Jesus Christ.
Of course King Agrippa’s opinion of Paul was less than admirable. He thought Paul was a rambler at best and a zealot for a man he heard of but didn’t know. In fact, King Agrippa was convinced Paul’s great learning drove him to insanity. Isn’t it funny how the things of God to the heartened of heart (King Agrippa) are foolishness to their eyes and ears (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Paul’s emphasis on the chains is what I would like to talk about. What is the one thing(s) in your live today that has you bound by chains? Is it addiction, pride, selfishness, impurity, lust, greed, jealousy, adultery, lying… the list is never-ending. Whatever the source of bondage is today, like Paul I to pray that you will become all that Christ as called you to become.
The incredible yoke destroying grace of Christ is available to all who call upon His name (Romans 10:8-13). That which has held you back for so long can be broken by totally surrendering your heart to Jesus by asking Him to become your Lord and savior. Believing that He is the son of God, died for you and was raised on the third day.
This Lord and Savior is now seated at the right hand of God Almighty and desires fellowship with you. Trust Him today and become all that He has predestined you to become, except for these chains of course.
Father, how great it is to be in your word and comfort. We long to rest at your feet as you comfort us in our hour of need. Increase our faith so we may break the chains of the sin that so entangles us. Help us to mature in your grace, love and will for our lives. We believe that you and you alone will break addiction, pride, selfishness, impurity, lust, greed, jealousy, adultery, murder or anything that sets itself against the life we were predestined for.
Father, strengthen us to press on towards the goal for which you have called those who profess a hope in you. Renew in us a clean heart that seeks you with all our heart, mind, strength and soul. Finally, help us to be bold as we share the message of the grace which is poured out freely for all to receive in Jesus name, amen.
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